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Pipe Dream

Published 2001

In this SINGLE from a VIDEO ALBUM, all instruments are played by steel balls shot out of PVC tubing. From the producer of the original ''musical fountain'' in More Bells and Whistles, SIGGRAPH 1990.Two years in the making, the full video album is comprised of 7 pieces, each by a completely different instrument configuration. Proprietary animation software analyzes the music, and automatically drives the movement of the instruments for highly accurate and efficient animation. Essentially no traditional keyframing is used.The DVD version of this video album is due to be released in late Summer 2001.

Run time 0:03:28
Producer Wayne Lytle
Production Company Animusic
Audio/Visual sound, color
Contact Information - 317 Nye Rd., Cortland, NY 13045 United States, 866-692-6468


Wayne Lytle, David Crognale


Reviewer: gblast - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2016
Subject: Pipe Dream
I remember seeing this when it first came out, and seeing it again today tells me that this is one of those pieces that has a timeless quality about it. and will still intrigue and entertain another 50 years down the road. kids of all ages can love this one, Great Work!
Reviewer: BenjaminS.T. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 27, 2013
Subject: Pipe Dream by Wayne Lytle
Five stars.
Reviewer: wharg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2013
Subject: that was great..
Reviewer: Chetzpt22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2009
Subject: LOVED IT
Reviewer: shouroujin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 23, 2008
Subject: great
that's ok!i well download in
Reviewer: LeGrande - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 29, 2008
Subject: Still looks and sounds fantastic after 7 years.
Using a jazz-fusion music instrumental theme, this Rube-Goldberg-style "player piano" using what looks like ping pong balls shot out from PVC pipe has very fluid CG animation, and the video editing helps the listener capture details they can listen for in later viewings/listenings. I seem to find new things to look for each time I watch this, which makes it very entertaining. It burns well to Super VCD, so it can be made part of an entertaining "animation rarities" disk for kids that doesn't cost as much to produce as a DVD.
Reviewer: joseysamson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 18, 2007
Subject: Music & Animation
This is an excellent work coordianting Music and Animation
Reviewer: it_www - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 25, 2007
Subject: music
sounds great!
Reviewer: Peanut Star - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 14, 2007
Subject: Wow
This was AMAZING! Once you start watching it, you can't take your eyes off it!
Reviewer: vladimirsky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 10, 2007
Subject: i love this work
i love the time and work that went into this clip and my wife and 7 month old daughter love how it has a beat and the computer images are in it
Reviewer: apenny13 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 30, 2006
Subject: Pipe Dream - entertaining animation well worth watching
This animation is very well done with the music and animation well synced and fun to watch. My 10 year-old daughter wants to watch it over and over!
Reviewer: videophan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2006
Subject: Sharing the fun
My grandson and I thoroughly enjoyed the animation
we both were mesmerized by the timing of the music
and the animation. First rate.
Reviewer: jeager - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 21, 2006
Subject: Pipe Dreams
This type of animation with coordinated midi music is absolutely fantastic. I've been to their web site and viewed their short promo's. I will probably by their two dvd's within a month.
Reviewer: crazyshadow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 19, 2006
Subject: great animation
Well this is great video but one thing i remark is that i have seen a similar video on tv around 1991 to 1994 on a local tv station that i dont realy remember the name of the chanel it played on but i remember the name of the segment it was call Short circuitz the video i saw was in the same style as this one but with a more electro techno style i remember like pipe dream with lazer and all.
Reviewer: dog from Nightwatch - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2005
Subject: Beautiful
This little jem is a thing of beauty. Well worth watching !
Reviewer: bosh - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2005
Subject: Sound to video - since the eighties
I remember first seeing this kind of thing back in the eighties, thru people like Mondo TV [Godley and Creme, of the group 10cc], and then later, using a fairlight hooked up to various video trickery at Robo Devco of Kentish Town in London. They were working for George Michael, of all people, who was very into this stuf, and put alot of money into the research of sound to light/video effects etc.

This stuf is top - keep it up!
Reviewer: NomadicHand - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2005
Subject: Magnificent!
Reviewer: phil_berndt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2005
Subject: amazing
very catchy tune! the video mits just great, very fun to watch.. im gonna get the DVD.

Reviewer: flippoon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 10, 2005
Subject: No stop !
Vous ne pouvez pas vous arrÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂêter.
Go.. Go... ON !
Reviewer: Andrew Stuckey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 4, 2005
Subject: Awesome!
What impressed me the most was how this film was made. The creators actually wrote software to synch it to midi music and create the visuals around that. A sweet piece, and not a bad tune either.
Reviewer: disco99 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 26, 2005
Subject: Watch it render in real-time
As mentioned by a previous reviewer, ATI made a real-time demo of this piece that is available for free download:


ATI Radeon 9600 or better video card required.
Reviewer: Killfile - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2005
Subject: Amazing
I first saw this film surrounded by Computer Graphics programers. I was astounded by it then and I remain impressed with it today. Hypnotic doesn't begin to cover this.
Reviewer: tomo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2004
Subject: Awesome!

Wayne Lytle and David Crognale are very talented
Reviewer: Raedon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2004
Subject: 12 years later
I remember seeing this in video form and going, "wow."

Then in 2002, at Quakecon, there was an unvailing of the "9700" 3d game card. They used a demo based on this running in real time at HDTV resolutions where you could control the cameras and I said, "wow."
Reviewer: jonjax - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 26, 2004
Subject: fantastic Pipe Dream
Having just learned about SISSGRAPH ANIMATIONS being available here,my review may seem late. PIPE DREAM is a Fantastic piece of work! I only hope all these artists get the financial support/backing they all deserve. This site is great also.
Reviewer: jonjax - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 26, 2004
Subject: fantastic Pipe Dream
Having just learned about SISSGRAPH ANIMATIONS being available here,my review may seem late. PIPE DREAM is a Fantastic piece of work! I only hope all these artists get the financial support/backing they all deserve. This site is great also.
Reviewer: mediateach - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2004
Subject: entertaining and super-engaging
I watched students who were intrigued by this animation.
One class watched it over and over for 30 minutes.
A showpiece for the animusic folks.
Reviewer: fjordaan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2004
Subject: Enthralling
Everyone I've shown this to has been mesmerised. And every time I happily watch it again. Beautiful and very, very clever.
Reviewer: op712 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2004
Subject: Pipedreams..the DVD
Yes, go find the DVD that contains this "Pipedream" clip, for the entire DVD is well worth the dollars spent on this. Excellent CGA throughout the DVD.
Reviewer: msar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 11, 2004
Subject: Amazing video
This video is definitely worth downloading and viewing. There are many other animation from music videos by Animusic (Harmonic Voltage/Stick Figures/Future Retro) but I like this video because of the simplicity/realism in playing the musical instruments.
Reviewer: metamorphosis - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 5, 2004
Subject: Better on ati
Theres a 9800 Radeon version of this done by ATI -looks better because it's in realtime, no artifacts- very, very cool.
Reviewer: Kent Brewster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 13, 2004
Subject: Wow, just wow!
Pulled this one down, got halfway through, and called the kids. They are amazed; the 15-year-old asked if somebody could really build something like that. :)
Reviewer: glenn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2004
Subject: Stopped Halfway
This video is so cool I stopped halfway through it to write a review.

It's absolutely astounding as an animation, pretty good music, amazingly well done.

Download this one right now.
Reviewer: xlynx - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 19, 2004
Subject: haha
excellent =)

But now you have mastered that, I'd like to see you actually go build one of these contraptions ;-)
Reviewer: Jam Sandwich - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2004
Subject: Wow
This is one of the coolest animations i have ever seen. mad props. the song isnt even bad
Reviewer: czas - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2003
Subject: masterpiece
this movie is a true masterpiece.
i haven't seen anything like this before.
Reviewer: srdesch - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2003
Subject: Awesome!
This video is FANTASTIC! The neatest thing I've seen in a long time!

Congratulations guys!
Reviewer: DrAwkward - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2003
Subject: Balls, Balls, Balls
Well, you certainly can't say these guys don't have balls. It reminds me of the kind of thing Blue Man Group do live. Interesting from a technical viewpoint but not the greatest song. However, I'd love to see what these guys would do with a Peaches record.
Reviewer: Melkor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2003
Subject: Midi video
Music Midi video. The complexity of the room is impressive, the idea of balls play instruments not original but has never carried out to this scale.

Overall it looks nice but i'm not impressed. Midi synchronization has never been relied on so heavily but it is used in the background of some video and audio editors to coordinate effects. This is just bringing it from the background to the foreground.
Reviewer: RIVCUBAN - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 21, 2003
Subject: Pipe Dream
All I can say is that this musical animation is phenomenal. I give it 5+ stars.
Reviewer: brewster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2003
Subject: Their dvd is really good
I bought their "video album" and it is really good. I am hoping a new kind of music video emerges. Some that point in a non-mtv direction are
* enemy at the gates

* cowboy junkies DVD (they are also an Archive friendly band-- see the audio section)

* koyaanisqatsi (not on the Archive).

you can get their dvd from

(this is an unpaid announcement :)
Reviewer: johnthot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2003
Subject: Midi to Movie
An exceptional predictive animation technique.
MIDI files are used to animate the instrument constructs,
Note: the background details, the hiss of air leaking, marks on the surfaces where balls missed.
Must be watched and listened to over and over.
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